How to Make your own D.I.Y Bucket Nipple Drinker.

How to Make your own D.I.Y Bucket Nipple Drinker.

May 30, 2024angelique van zuylen

How to Make a D.I.Y Chicken Drinker 


What You'll Need:

  • 3-6 Horizontal side mount poultry nipples
  • Drill bit to mount nipples
  • A 1/8" drill bit
  • Large bucket and lid (if you can source a food safe bucket, that's ideal)
  • Power drill or impact driver

Build Your Own Chicken Waterer in 4 Easy Steps

 Step 1: Gather your drill, drill bits, poultry nipples, bucket, and lid.  Use 3-6 nipples per bucket. Your flock should have about 1 nipple for every 6-8 birds, or 1 for every 3-4 birds in hot climates. Make extra waterers if necessary.

Step 2: Drill holes for the poultry nipples 1-1.5 inches from the bottom of the bucket. Screw in the nipples by hand, leaving a slight gap between the nipple and the bucket so as to prevent your container from cracking.​

Step 3: Use your 1/8" drill bit to drill two small holes near the top of your bucket. These holes are very important. They prevent a vacuum seal from forming in the bucket. When a vacuum is created, no water will flow from the nipples and your chicks will become dehydrated

Note: Some instructions advise putting these small holes in the lid. I always put them on the side of the bucket, near the top, instead of the lid, so that they can't be sealed by things like chicken poop. I don't know about you, but my chickens LOVE to poop on everything

Step 5: Introduce your chickens to their new waterer! . Train any chicken two weeks or older on their new waterer by holding them and gently pressing their beak to the nipple until they get a sip of water. Chicks will learn quickly and also teach others.

​That's it! You've made your own poultry waterer, and for a fraction of the cost of what you'd spend on a ready-made version. With care, these buckets will last for years

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